Part of what the Sabbath frees us from are the confines of a strict schedule, a long list of activities that dictate when and with whom we interact. Today, go and spend time with loved ones–friends, family, neighbors. Don’t plan anything. Just stop by on a walk around the neighborhood or drop in for a quick visit. Or let other come to you. Sit out on your porch. Send out a text to friends saying, I’ll be hanging out on the porch this afternoon so stop by and say hi. Then turn your phone off and wait for whoever may come.
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.